|Quassia amara from Koehler's Medicinal-Plants (1887)|
Quassia amara, also known as amargo, bitter-ash, bitter-wood, or hombre grande (spanish for big man) is a species in the genus Quassia, with some botanists treating it as the sole species in the genus. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus who named it after the first botanist to describe it: the Surinamese freedman Graman Quassi. Q. amara is used as insecticide, in traditional medicine and as additive in the food industry.
From the genus name.
quassia (plural quassias)
- Any of several tropic trees, of the genus Quassia, having scarlet flowers.
- The bitter substance quassin extracted from its bark.